Sacred Compass: The Spiritual Way of Discernment by J Brent Bill

This book is written by an American Evangelical Quaker. So there are a number of things that need tackling before getting into the book. I have learnt that while Quakers are often seen in this country as liminal to Christian orthodoxy in the US they come in two varieties. There are those who are theologically […]

and ends with a city of Gold

That title comes from a hymn whose first verse goes God has given us a book full of stories, Which was made for His people of old, It begins with the tale of a garden, And ends with the city of gold. The verse captures rather succinctly the breadth of the Bible from creation to […]

Pilgrim Path

past the water channel that marks the boundary of the arrow-grass salt marsh we finally step out onto mudflats then awkwardly hop about as we remove clumsy boots tie  laces together and hang them from our packs then roll our trousers above the knee in preparation for the traverse cautiously we move trying to avoid […]

Solitary Walking – a Reformed Spiritual Practice?

This is initial thinking and it is not simple. Firstly, one of the big shocks of my thesis was that the Reformed Spirituality is instinctively Green. It is really weird because the people who are most surprised by this are the Reformed.  The idea that getting out into the natural world is good for the […]

Testing the Waters – Reaching out to “Dones”

This is a think piece because I am reassessing. About a decade a book came out called “A Churchless Faith” which broadly argued that those who were leaving the Church were Stage IV  in the Fowler Stages of Faith and that this made them less than docile sheep in the flock. Now I am not […]